Published On: Fri, Dec 19th, 2014

Sint Maarten approves aviation regulations, Curaçao none yet

Curacao AirportWILLEMSTAD – In 2011 a safety assessment audit was completed in the civil aviation authority of Curaçao by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to assess the safety oversight capabilities of the Curacao Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA). This was after the FAA indicated that Curaçao, as a new country, needed to be inspected again.

It was discovered during the audit that Curacao does not meet the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and therefore was given an International Aviation Safety Assessments (IASA) Category 2 rating.

Since Sint Maarten and Curacao share the same aircraft registry prefix (PJ), the Sint Maarten’s Civil Aviation Authority was also downgraded to Category 2.

The downgrade to Category 2 comes with the consequence that airlines from both Sint Maarten and Curacao cannot initiate new air services to U.S. territories.

In August, 2013, Minister of Traffic and Transportation, Earl Balborda hired Oscar Derby, from Jamaica to help Curaçao’s aviation to regain Category 1. Almost a year and a half later, the CCAA still has not submitted any regulations to parliament for approval. Various stakeholders in the aviation sector are wondering what is going in the CCAA and when Derby will, or the responsible minister, report on what the progress is in this process.

Meanwhile, in Sint Maarten, the caretaker minister with responsibility for aviation, Ted Richardson recently approved eight aviation ministerial regulations which will assist Sint Maarten regain Category 1 airport status.

These documents form part of the Sint Maarten Civil Aviation Regulations which in general totals 12 of which 10 were submitted for approval.

The regulations are: Personnel and Licensing part 2&3, Aircraft Registration and Marketing Part 4, Approved Maintenance Organization part 6, Operations and Aircraft Equipment Part 7 & 8, Air Operator Certification and Administration Part 9, Commercial Air Transport by Foreign Air Operators within Sint Maarten Part 10, Aerial Work Part 11 and Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Part 12.

General policies, procedures and practices part 1 will be submitted at a later date and Airworthiness Part 5 is already in force.

The regulations are prepared by Section Aviation in collaboration with the Department of Legal Affairs and a Consultant. The advice for approval to the Minister is prepared by Section Aviation.

After the Minister has signed the regulations, they are sent to the Ombudsman for screening, which takes a period of six weeks before they enter into force.

The Ombudsman makes sure that the regulations do not contradict the Constitution of Sint Maarten.

The estimated date for official entry into force of the regulations is January 10, 2015.

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